February 3, 2010... At its annual organizational meeting, the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC), the bi-national entity that owns and operates the Rainbow, Whirlpool-Rapids and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges between Canada and the United States, elected its slate of officers for 2010. Dr. Kenneth E. Loucks, ON, was elected Chairperson, and Patrick D. Brown, NY, was elected Vice-Chairperson. Mr. Michael J. Goodale, ON, was elected Secretary, and Mr. Thomas G. Pryce, N.Y., was elected Treasurer. Ms. Linda M. DiPasquale, N.Y., Ms. Janice A. Thomson, ON, Ms. Norma J. Higgs, N.Y. and Mr. Ernest K. Smith, ON, comprise the rest of the NFBC board.
U.S. Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the Governor of the State of New York, and Canadian Commissioners serve at the pleasure of the Premier of the Province of Ontario. All officers hold their respective office for one year until the next annual meeting, unless the Commission deems a change is necessary.
Dr. Loucks was appointed to the Commission in April 2006 and most recently served as Vice Chairperson. Dr. Loucks, a resident of Sauble Beach, ON, and formerly of St. Catharines, ON, holds HBA 1960, MBA 1965, and PhD 1974 from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. His career in education spans 45 years encompassing appointments at two secondary schools and three universities in Ontario and two adjunct appointments in Australia. Dr. Loucks maintains an active management consulting practice and currently serves as General Manager to the Niagara Enterprise Agency, an organization of which he was a founding Director and Chairperson.
Appointed to the Commission in December 2007, Mr. Brown most recently served as Treasurer. Mr. Brown is a Certified Public Accountant-Partner with Brown & Company of Niagara Falls, N.Y. He brings extensive and diversified financial management, business accounting and budgeting experience to the Commission. He is also an active member of the community through service to the following organizations: Advisor to Niagara Military Affairs Council Town of Niagara Industrial Development Agency Officer; Town of Niagara Business & Professional Association Treasurer/Board Member Lewiston Kiwanis Club member and past Treasurer; Niagara Falls Water Authority member; Lewiston/Niagara County Peach Festival volunteer and finance co-chair; and, Town of Niagara/Fashion Outlet Mall Charity Fund committee member.
Appointed to the NFBC in August 2008, Mr. Goodale, a Grimsby, ON, resident, is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services and Chief Administrative Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Mr. Goodale has worked in the Ontario Public Service for over 28 years in a variety of progressively responsible positions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Goodale worked in the Ministry of Finance where he participated in the preparation of the Ontario Budget. In addition to his role as Commissioner on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, Mr. Goodale is Canada's representative on the World Road Association (PIARC) Technical Committee on Financing, Managing and Contracting Road Infrastructure. A graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Mr. Goodale holds a combined honours degree in Economics and Urban Geography.
Thomas G. Pryce, a Youngstown, N.Y. resident, was appointed to the Commission in January 2008. He is the Business Manager and Financial Secretary of Iron Workers Local 9, Niagara Falls, NY. He has been a Trustee for over 20 years and is the longtime chairman of the Iron Workers District Council of Western New York Pension, Welfare and Annuity Funds. Mr. Pryce was instrumental in the formation and administration of a Health Savings Account Plan for his Local Union, an Apprentice Training Fund, and a Labor-Management Co-operative Trust. A graduate of Plattsburgh State, he served 12 years as a member and officer of the Lewiston-Porter Board of Education, and sits on several charitable and community development boards.
Ms. Thomson, a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake, was appointed to the Commission in April 2006 and she most recently served as Secretary, following two years as Chairperson. She presently occupies the position of Executive Director of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau, and previously held executive management positions at the national offices of Jaguar Canada and BMW Canada over an 18-year period. Ms. Thomson also serves as a board member of the Niagara Foundation and Project Niagara (Toronto Symphony-National Arts Centre and serves on many tourism-related committees within Niagara.
Ms. DiPasquale, who was appointed to the board in August of 2008 and a resident of North Tonawanda, N.Y., is a respected area attorney whose practice areas include, Family Law; Adoptions; Child Custody; Divorce; Domestic Violence; Premarital Agreements; Spousal Support; Visitation Rights; Paternity; Alimony. She earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her B.A. from Canisius College. She is a member of the Mecklenburg County, Erie County (Member, Family Law Section), New York State, North Carolina (Member, Family Law Section) and American Bar Associations; North Carolina State Bar; North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is also an esteemed member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society and Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society.
Ms. Higgs of Niagara Falls, N.Y. was reappointed to the Commission in January 2008 and formerly served as Chairperson. A member previously from 1976 to 1996, she served several terms as Chairperson. Ms. Higgs is presently retired from New York State Supreme Court where she was employed as a special assistant to two Supreme Court Justices. She resides in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and is actively involved in the local community. She presently serves as Board Secretary to the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center and the Niagara Falls Citizen Corps Council. She is also Treasurer of the Niagara Falls Block Club Council and Vice-Chair of the Niagara Beautification Commission. Ms. Higgs writes a weekly column in the Niagara Gazette and plans events for many local community organizations.
Appointed to the Commission in November 2009, Mr. Smith, a resident of Niagara Falls, Ontario, is recently retired from the Federal Government of Canada after more than 31 years of service, with experience in such areas as enforcement, operations and intelligence. Since retiring, Mr. Smith has been contracted by the International Region of Citizenship & Immigration Canada to work as a visa officer in England, Hong Kong, Trinidad, Saudi Arabia and the United States. – less–ZoomInfo